Across Tundras - Sage
Sage is the fifth album from Nashville-based heavy blues band Across Tundras, but their first to be delivered courtesy of Neurot Recordings (home to Neurosis, Shrinebuilder etc). Taking a similar dirge-laden route as doom bands such as Electric Wizard, AT inject their own particular brand with a healthy dose of classic rock and blues that sees them reaching a brilliant balance between light and shade. Taking a (sweet) leaf out of Black Sabbath's book, the album opens with the tight bass lines and dark riffs of ‘In The Name Of River Grand’. Lilly Hiatt’s vocals on ‘Buried Arrows’ provide a welcome contrast to Tanner Olson’s grizzled croon, accentuating the bands sun-fried Southern rock tendencies. Ditching for the most part the chunky, dense riffing of previous records, Sage has a far looser and at times psychedelic feel to it, particularly on tracks like ‘Tchulu Junction’ and the dark and pummelling ‘Shunka Sapa’. This four-piece know how to rock and in truly inventive and blissed-out style.